CollegeSportsBlog E.J. Manuel who? That’s what Florida State fans were saying after redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston put on an incredible show against Pittsburgh, going 25-of-27 for 356 yards and four touchdowns en route to leading the Seminoles to a 41-13 victory. Winston still has a lot to prove but plenty of experts are projecting him to be better than Manuel, and he would certainly be Texas’ quarterback of the future. If only Mack Brown and the Longhorns would have given him a second look. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted:
Jameis Winston wanted to go to Texas but was never offered: “Dang, I’m good enough for Alabama & Auburn but not good enough for Texas”
Jameis Winston: “I’m an OU fan but I always wanted to go to Texas. If I’d gotten offer from Texas I’d be going to Texas right now”
Winston was rated as a five-star prospect and ranked the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com in the Class of 2012. He held offers from just about every major program in the country and ultimately sided with Florida State over Alabama, LSU and Stanford. Well, at least Mack didn’t look at him as a defensive back. So there’s that.
If Texas Longhorns fans needed another sign that head coach Mack Brown should “retire” at the end of this season, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston wanted to go to Texas, but was never offered a scholarship from Brown. Winsome still has a lot to prove, but he looked pretty amazing in his debut, and he certainly has a chance to contend for the Heisman Trophy and lead FSU to the BCS Title Game in the future. Although Winston, who was a five star recruit, does not have the track record to rip Mack Brown just yet two other quarterbacks make this look a lot worse. Both Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III wanted to go to Texas, but were not offered a scholarship to play quarterback by Brown, and went elsewhere to win the Heisman Trophy. Mack Brown was a great coach, but he has slipped, and Texas needs a change at the top to revitalize the program. Mack Brown is a legend at Texas, he should retire at the end of this season on his own terms, and not wait until his time on the hot seat forces administration to fire him.